South PhiladelphiaSouth Philadelphia began as a satellite town of Philadelphia, with small townships such as Moyamensing and Southwark. During the Industrial Revolution, the area saw rapid growth, in part due to mass immigration from Ireland. Its urbanized border reached that of Philadelphia. Along with all other jurisdictions in the county, South Philadelphia became part of the City of Philadelphia proper with passage by the Pennsylvania legislature of the city/county Act of Consolidation, 1854. The area continued to grow, becoming a vital part of Philadelphia’s large industrial base and attracting immigrants from Italy, Ireland, Poland, and many other countries during the 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as Black American migrants from the southern United States during the Great Migration of the early 20th century. The immigrants and migrants became the basis of South Philadelphia’s unique and vibrant culture that developed over the next several decades. Struggling to maintain their Catholic identity in a mostly Protestant city, the Irish built a system of Irish Catholic churches and parochial schools for their children, and added Catholic high schools. The later immigrant populations of Italians and Polish were also Catholic. At first they attended the existing churches but built their own national churches when they could. Ethnic Irish controlled the Catholic clergy and hierarchy for decades in Philadelphia and the region. Despite the dramatic growth in population, the low funding of education by the city resulted in the first public high school not being formed in South Philadelphia until 1934.  Attracted to the industrial jobs, the new residents created communities that continued many of their traditions.

While many of the new arrivals were Catholic, neighborhood parishes reflected their national traditions. Monsignor James F. Connelly, the pastor of the Stella Maris Catholic Church and an editor of the 1976 work The History of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, said in a 2005 Philadelphia Inquirer article that each parish church “offer[s] the immigrants the faith they were familiar with.” With the dramatic loss of industrial jobs during mid-20th century restructuring, there were population losses in South Philadelphia as well as other working-class parts of the city, and some neighborhood Catholic schools had to close.

South Philadelphia Communities

Most of South Philadelphia’s communities are largely Italian American. There also continue to be many ethnic Irish Americans and African Americans. An increase in late 20th-century immigration has given South Philadelphia significant populations from Asia: Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand; as well as from Russia and Mexico, and smaller groups from dozens of nations across the world. Today, many vendors at the Italian Market are of Asian descent, and Vietnamese and Thai restaurants are interspersed with historic Italian ones in the Market area. The recent revitalization of Center City Philadelphia and the subsequent gentrification of adjacent neighborhoods has led to dramatic rises in prices of housing in the neighborhoods of historic Queen Village, Bella Vista, and some other parts of South Philadelphia.

Many of the community clubs that create the annual Mummers Parade every New Year’s Day have traditionally been from South Philadelphia, especially those located on the largely Irish American S. 2nd Street (“Two Street”) in the Pennsport neighborhood.

South Philadelphia Boundaries

South Street to the north, the Delaware River to the east and south, and the Schuylkill River to the west.


Property Listings in South Philadelphia

  1. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,008 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,215 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Listing with: Century 21 Forrester Real Estate
  2. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,500 sq ft
    Lot size: 700 sqft
    Year built: 1918
    Listing with: Keller Williams Philly
  3. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,324 sq ft
    Lot size: 398 sqft
    Year built: 2013
    Listing with: DRG Philly
  4. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,488 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,044 sqft
    Year built: 1926
    Listing with: Homelink Realty
  5. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,656 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,067 sqft
    Year built: 1925
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
  6. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,232 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,440 sqft
    Year built: 1940
    Parking spots: 3
    Listing with: Century 21 Target Realty
  7. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 2,304 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,152 sqft
    Year built: 1925
    Listing with: Keller Williams Philly
  8. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,550 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,185 sqft
    Year built: 1960
    Listing with: RE/MAX Preferred-Mullica Hill
  9. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,683 sq ft
    Lot size: 687 sqft
    Year built: 1918
    Listing with: Arch Real Estate Group, LLC
  10. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,400 sq ft
    Lot size: 825 sqft
    Year built: 1937
    Listing with: YouList Realty, Inc
  11. 6 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 1,396 sq ft
    Lot size: 924 sqft
    Year built: 1918
    Listing with: Century 21 Target Realty
  12. 0 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 3,800 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,000 sqft
    Year built: 2010
    Parking spots: 7
    Listing with: Mercury Real Estate Group
  13. 4 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,382 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,008 sqft
    Listing with: Philly Real Estate
  14. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,593 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,088 sqft
    Year built: 1920
    Listing with: Mega Realty Center City
  15. 2 beds, 1 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,070 sq ft
    Lot size: 798 sqft
    Year built: 1926
    Listing with: Furia Real Estate
  16. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,600 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,008 sqft
    Year built: 1918
    Listing with: Coldwell Banker Preferred-Old City
  17. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,092 sq ft
    Lot size: 840 sqft
    Year built: 1934
    Listing with: Fred R Levine Real Estate
  18. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,536 sq ft
    Lot size: 992 sqft
    Year built: 1925
    Listing with: Century 21 Advantage Gold-South Philadelphia
  19. 5 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,828 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,056 sqft
    Year built: 1927
    Listing with: Carrington Real Estate Services LLC
  20. 2 beds, 1 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,286 sq ft
    Lot size: 960 sqft
    Year built: 1923
    Listing with: DJCRE Inc.
  21. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,280 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,042 sqft
    Year built: 1940
    Listing with: Canaan Realty Investment Group
  22. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,396 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,026 sqft
    Listing with: Triamond Realty
  23. 2 beds, 1 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,056 sq ft
    Lot size: 576 sqft
    Year built: 1920
    Listing with: Philly Real Estate
  24. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,010 sq ft
    Lot size: 728 sqft
    Parking spots: 1
    Listing with: RE/MAX Millennium-Huntingdon Valley
  25. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,431 sq ft
    Lot size: 944 sqft
    Year built: 1950
    Parking spots: 2
    Listing with: Alpha Realty Group

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(all data current as of 5/24/2017)

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